Usable Security for Developers

Europe RIG project

This project focuses on cryptographic APIs with respect to their developer usability. Such APIs are notoriously complex and prone to usage errors – our goal is to analyze their (in)correct usage and propose precautions and guidelines to achieve better usability and security.

Security, Privacy Cryptography

Enterprise IT is not structured to have the time and money to invest in far-reaching and forward-looking security threats and solutions. Academic and government research in these areas thrive, but does not easily find its way into industry. Red Hat’s open source approach allows researchers to share their work immediately and have it reviewed by thousands of security experts. This review further hardens the work and allows it to be put to use more quickly and more broadly so research and inventions in cryptography, privacy and cybersecurity have immediate impact.

Projects

ProjectSummaryResearch AreaRIGUniversitieshf:tax:righf:tax:partner_university
CoFHE: Compiler for Fully Homomorphic EncryptionIn today’s data-driven world, our personal data is frequently shared with enterprises and cloud service providers. Unfortunately, data processing in …, , boston-university
QUBIP –  Quantum-oriented Update to Browsers and Infrastructures for the PQ TransitionThe exciting frontiers opened by the development of quantum computers (QC) come at the cost of breaking the foundations of …brno
CHESS: Cyber-security Excellence Hub in Estonia and South MoraviaThe Cyber-security Excellence Hub in Estonia and South Moravia (CHESS) brings together leading R&I institutions in both regions to build …, brnobrno-university-of-technology masaryk-university
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) mining and predictionWith the continuous increase in reported Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs), security teams are overwhelmed by vast amounts of data, …, , tel-avivreichman-university tel-aviv-university
FHELib: Fully Homomorphic Encryption Hardware Library for Privacy-preserving ComputingNote: Please visit the Privacy-Preserving Cloud Computing using Homomorphic Encryption project page for information on a related project. In today’s …, , greater-bostonboston-university
DDoS Attacks on Cloud Auto-scaling MechanismsAuto-scaling mechanisms are an important line of defense against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the cloud. Using auto-scaling, …, , tel-avivreichman-university tel-aviv-university
Security and safety of Linux systems in a BPF-powered hybrid user space/kernel worldWith the introduction of BPF into the Linux kernel, we are seeing a sea change in the traditional application model. With BPF it is now possible to execute parts of the application logic in kernel space, leading to a novel hybrid userspace/kernel model. This is an exciting development that brings with it many opportunities, but also some challenges especially in the area of security. We have recently seen an example of this around the “kernel lockdown” functionality in the kernel, which would disable BPF entirely in its “confidentiality” mode., brnokarlstad-university
ICOS: IoT2Cloud Operating SystemThe ICOS project aims at covering the set of challenges coming up when addressing this continuum paradigm, proposing an approach embedding a well-defined set of functionalities, ending up in the definition of an IoT2cloud Operating System (ICOS)., , , , , brno tel-avivnational-and-kapodistrian-university-of-athens technische-universitat-braunschweig universitat-politecnica-de-catalunya-upc
SnappyOS: Fault-Tolerant and Energy-Efficient Framework for HPC ApplicationsThis project aims to design, implement and evaluate a system to enhance the security and privacy of emerging satellite communications infrastructure using in-network computing and software-defined networking.brnouniversity-of-oxford
Disinformation Detection at ScaleThe increased prevalence of fake and manipulated visual media on the Internet has led to social and technical dilemmas in …, , greater-bostonunicamp-universidade-estadual-de-campinas university-of-notre-dame
Creating a global open research platform to better understand social sustainability using data from a real-life smart villageA BU team is working with SmartaByar and the Red Hat Social Innovation Program in order to create a global …, , greater-bostonboston-university
Privacy-Preserving Cloud Computing using Homomorphic EncryptionNote: Please visit the FHELib: Fully Homomorphic Encryption Hardware Library for Privacy-preserving Computing project page for information on a related …, , greater-bostonboston-university
Symbiotes: A New step in Linux’s EvolutionThis work explores how a new kind of software entity, a symbiotie, might bridge this gap. By adding the ability for application software to shed the boundary that separates it from the OS kernel it is free to integrate, modify and evolve in to a hybrid that is both application and OS., greater-bostonboston-university
Secure cross-site analytics on OpenShift logsThe project aims to explore whether cryptographically secure Multi-Party Computation, or MPC for short, can be used to perform secure cross-site analytics on OpenShift logs with minimum client participation., , greater-bostonboston-university
Are Adversarial Attacks a Viable Solution to Individual Privacy?Users of online services today must trust platforms with their personal data. Platforms can choose to enable privacy by default …greater-bostonboston-university
Secured API in Hybrid CloudRecently we see many companies that are moving their data from local data centers to public-managed clouds. But with these movements, some questions raise up.tel-avivariel-university
Side-channel attacks on embedded devices and smartcardsThis project focuses on several aspects of side-channel attacks on embedded devices and smartcards, utilizing timing, power-analysis and other side-channels. …brnomasaryk-university
SecCerts: Mining issued Common Criteria and FIPS140-2 certificatesThe security certification reports might be long but is also a trove of publicly available data about otherwise proprietary devices …brnomasaryk-university
Verifying constant-time cryptographic algorithm implementationsThe aim of this project is to verify the timing side-channel resistance of cryptographic implementations. The project focuses on the constant time (and constant memory access) generic cryptographic implementations of selected cryptographic algorithms. Tbrnomasaryk-university
Trusted Computing EcosystemThe project aims to study the TPM ecosystem as currently exists in deployed devices and software applications using it, establish the types of chips and their properties one can encounter, investigate the state of patching of known vulnerabilities like ROCA against Infineon’s TPM (CVE-2017-15361) or TPMFail against Intel’s fTPM (CVE-2019-11090) and STM’s TPM (CVE-2019-16863) and analyze a reliability of stored integrity measurements (PCRs) for remote attestation and disk encryption uses.brnomasaryk-university
Accelerating Microarchitectural Security ResearchWe are working on processes and tooling to lower the barrier to entry into the field and accelerate attack research and mitigation across academia and industry.brnotu-graz
Authentication in public open-source repositoriesThis project focuses on user authentication in public repositories containing open-source projects, which are then used by commercial companies (e.g. Red Hat) as a source for their internally maintained repositories.brnomasaryk-university
OpenInfra LabsOpenInfra Labs is an OpenStack Foundation project connecting open source projects to production to advance open source infrastructure. The project …, , , , , , boston-university northeastern-university umass-amherst
Elastic Secure InfrastructureThis project encompasses work in several areas to design, build and evaluate secure bare-metal elastic infrastructure for data centers., , greater-bostonboston-university
Open Cloud TestbedThe Open Cloud Testbed project will build and support a testbed for research and experimentation into new cloud platforms – the underlying software which provides cloud services to applications. Testbeds such as OCT are critical for enabling research into new cloud technologies – research that requires experiments which potentially change the operation of the cloud itself., , , , , , greater-bostonboston-university northeastern-university umass-amherst
Fuzzing Device Emulation in QEMUHypervisors—the software that allows a computer to simulate multiple virtual computers—form the backbone of cloud computing. Because they are both ubiquitous and essential, they are security-critical applications that make attractive targets for potential attackers., , greater-bostonboston-university